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    5 gifts of convenience from Schlage smart locks

    December 10, 2018 11:00 PM by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    Smart locks - Holiday Convenience - Schlage

    We’ve designed our smart locks to make your life not only safer but also simpler, even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

     

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    There’s no debate over the purpose of a good door lock – it keeps your home, you, your family, and your belongs secure. We believe convenience should be an equally standard feature. That’s why we’ve designed our smart locks to make your life not only safer but also simpler, even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

    Smart locks - Holiday Convenience - Schlage

    1. Access Codes

    The Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt both hold 30 unique access codes, and the Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt holds up to 19. Give holiday guests their own code during their visit, then deactivate the code when they leave. They’ll appreciate the freedom to come and go with ease, and you’ll love the continued security.

     

    You can also assign codes to cleaners, handymen or other service providers helping to prepare the house for the holidays. Don’t forget the pet sitter keeping an eye on Fluffy when you’re traveling. You can schedule your codes to be recurring, temporary, or one-time-only, depending on your needs.

     

    With these convenient access codes, why carry keys with you or hide one under a fake rock, which isn’t secure anyway? No keys means you won’t lose them when making snow angels with the kids, taking a walk with the dog or going for a run to combat those holiday calories.

    2. Remote Access

    Lock or unlock your door from anywhere. If guests arrive at inconvenient times, like when you’re still at work, you won’t have to leave them standing out in the cold. Simply use your smartphone to unlock your door and let them in.

     

    You can also check the status of your lock from anywhere, perfect for those cold nights when you want to make sure the door is secure but don’t want to leave the warm comfort of bed. Why not use an app to give access to a neighbor dropping off your mail while you’re on vacation, too?

    3. Create a routine

    When you match your lock with a smart home automation system, you can often create routines that control multiple devices with a single push of a button. For example, make a “Welcome Home” routine so that when you unlock your door, the entryway lights come on, the thermostat adjusts and holiday music begins to play.

     

    Different locks are compatible with different technology. Try our Get Help Deciding Tool or find more tips online to find what’s right for you.
     

    4. Easy deliveries

    Fight porch pirates by protecting deliveries during holidays. In addition to the remote access that comes with all our smart locks, Amazon Key and Prime users in select areas have the additional option of using in-home delivery. This allows delivery people to place packages inside your front door without providing them with an access code. You can also restrict access during certain times of the day if needed.

     

    5. Style with function

    Schlage door hardware comes in a variety of finishes and styles to help any porch make a great first impression. Function is equally important, though. Touchscreens can be used even when they get wet from rain or snow, or when you have gloves on. Numbers on the touchscreens are also backlit, making it easy for you and your guests to see them as the winter nights get longer.
     

    Make your holidays, and every day, easier with the convenience of a Schlage smart lock. Enter the Season of Change sweepstakes for a chance to win a $2,000 VISA gift card and a Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt with Amazon Cloud Cam today! In the meantime, you can find more holiday inspiration by following us on Instagram or Facebook.

     

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    How Schlage smart locks stand up to Mother Nature.

    November 26, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Smart locks - Weatherproof - Schlage

    Are smart locks waterproof? What happens when the power goes out? Here’s what you need to know.

     

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    Some of us love winter weather, and others are already counting down the days until spring. When the temperatures drop, and the snow and ice hit your door, you want your lock to be ready, even if you aren’t.

     

    When it comes to holding up to the weather, Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt, as well as Schlage Touch™ Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt and Schlage Keypad Deadbolt, are designed to exceed, and have been validated to function, beyond industry certification requirements.

     

    We do not recommend our smart locks be used on outdoor gates or on doors in which the lock’s interior housing is completely exposed to the elements. However, we consistently work to bring you quality products so that you know you’re getting the convenient features and peace of mind, no matter what elements your house faces.

    Tried and tested

    Your electronic lock’s exterior components, which are often exposed to the harshest elements, are tested against:

     

    • Extreme temperatures, including icing or freezing conditions (as low as approximately -22 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the lock) and high heat (up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • High humidity and condensing humidity
    • Rain
    • Coastal environment conditions

    Peace of mind

    Additional features provide an extra layer of confidence for when the worst weather strikes.

     

    • Battery operated: All of Schlage’s keyless locks run on battery power, so if the power goes out, you’re still protected. You won’t be locked out and those who shouldn’t have access to your home won’t gain it just because ice pulled down a power line.
    • Back-lit numbers: Whether the power goes down or the sun has just set early, you’ll never be left fumbling in the dark to unlock your door.
    • Glove-friendly: No need to remove your mittens. Touchscreens and keypads work even if they’re wet from rain and when you’re wearing gloves.

    Protection beyond the weather

    Of course, not all elements are a result of Mother Nature. We know security depends on your lock working in all kinds of conditions. That’s why we also test our smart locks in construction-based environments, such as pressure washing, fluid spills and dust.

     

    Schlage smart locks are backed by a three-year electronics warranty and a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty. With our successful testing, you can be as confident as we are in your security and style year-round, rain or shine, snow or heat.

    To find out if a Schlage smart lock will work well for your home and climate, reach out to us on Facebook or contact our customer support team for help.
     

    5 ways getting smart can save you and your home energy.

    November 15, 2018 10:15 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Energy Efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

     

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    With smart home automation, you can make your house more energy efficient, saving you money. Home automation can also save you energy, making daily life just a little easier.

     

    There are several ways you can cash in on smart home technology for energy savings, something that’s on many of our minds as we head into the winter months of high heating bills.

    Energy efficiency - Smart Home - Schlage

    Thermostat

    Heating and cooling your house uses more energy than anything else in your home. A programmable or smart thermostat makes it easier to adjust the temperature as the weather changes or based on who’s home. Energy.gov estimates that turning down your thermostat by 7 to 10 degrees for eight hours a day, like when you’re at work, could save you up to 10 percent annually on heating and cooling costs.

     

    Don’t want to come home to a cold house? When you choose a smart thermostat, you can start warming things back up with the push of a smartphone button before you even leave the office. Another option is to program your thermostat to do it automatically.

    Lighting

    Consider taking your energy savings beyond just saying “Alexa, turn off the lamp” or putting your lights on a timer. Try light sensors that turn your lamps on only when someone is in the room. You can also add geo-fencing, which automatically turns lights on and off based on where your smartphone is.

    Kitchen appliances

    Some smart ovens take less time to preheat, allow you to program the cooking process based on what you’re making and can often monitor your dish’s progress using sensors. All of these can translate to less wasted energy.

     

    If you think a refrigerator doesn’t need to be smart, think again. On the most basic level, making sure the door closes properly helps to conserve energy. That means a fridge that notifies you if the door didn’t shut all the way also saves you money. The ability to see inside the refrigerator without opening the door, perfect when trying to decide what to snack on, saves you money. A refrigerator that automatically knows when to reduce its energy consumption during the power grid’s peak hours while still keeping your frozen foods frozen, yes, saves you money.

     

    But what about conserving energy of a different kind? Some smart features or appliances might not reduce your financial expenses quite so obviously, but if they make your life easier, that seems like pretty good savings to us.

    Smart Lock - Zigbee Amazon Lock - Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt

    Smart locks

    Smart locks like the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt make daily life more convenient by allowing you to share access codes with family, friends, handymen, dogwalkers and others you may want to grant temporary access. No more keeping track of spare keys. No more rushing home from work to let someone in.

     

    Amazon Prime members in select areas can pair the Schlage Connect lock, Zigbee certified with the Amazon Key app and Amazon Cloud Cam to have packages securely delivered just inside the front door. You control entry from your smartphone, so you don’t have to provide a code to the delivery driver. You can even choose to block access remotely on delivery day if desired.

     

    Looking for even more convenience? Make your smart lock part of a home automation sequence. Try setting up a Welcome Home routine, for example. When you unlock your door, the lights turn on and your thermostat goes up. Or maybe a Goodnight routine that locks the doors and powers down electronics all at once while you relax in bed.

     

    These smart locks also add convenience with peace of mind. You’ll never have to wonder if you locked the door when you can check its status remotely from your smartphone. You can also be confident in the quality of your locks. All our smart deadbolts earned the highest marks from BHMA, so you know your home is safe and that your lock will continue to function correctly throughout its lifespan and stand up to the elements over time without losing its great style.

    Robotic Vacuums

    Make it a clean sweep of convenience with a robotic vacuum. Many can now be scheduled to run using smartphone apps and voice control. There’s even one that will take photos and videos when it senses movement in the room. Consumer Reports cautions that these vacuums don’t have the same suction power as a standard upright vacuum and their effectiveness depends on your type of flooring, but they can definitely help with everyday cleaning maintenance. And that’s an energy saver in our books.

    Adding home automation could be your solution for saving both money and effort. Find more ways Schlage can bring simplicity to your life at Schlage.com or on Twitter and Facebook.
     

    5 times you'll wish you had a smart lock this holiday season

    November 1, 2018 5:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Smart lock - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    Make the holiday season a little easier on yourself. Here are five times a smart lock will simplify your life.

     

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    With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season upon us, many homeowners are looking for solutions that help make life easier and more convenient. Take one more worry off your list and opt for a keyless lifestyle. Here are five moments you’ll wish you had a smart lock.
    Smart lock - Holidays - Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

    1. Keep your online orders safe

    This holiday season, online sales are expected to make up 57 percent of all purchases. If you’re one of these people, you’re likely receiving packages while at work or travelling. Don’t stress over whether these packages will be safe on your front porch. With a smart deadbolt, you can easily set up a code for a friend or family member to come over and drop your packages inside.

     

    For Amazon Prime members that live in participating areas, you can even take advantage of Amazon Key. With a compatible smart lock, like the Zigbee-certified Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt, and the Amazon Cloud Cam, you can have your online orders delivered safely inside your home.

    2. Easy access for guests

    Don’t worry about hiding a spare key or having new copies made that could easily be lost. Make coming and going easy for your extended stay guests by giving them a custom code to unlock the door. You can even assign a period of time for that code to be active or simply disable it when they leave.

    3. No more fumbling for keys

    It seems like there’s always something to weigh you down during the holiday seasons whether it’s coming home with a car full of gifts or simply trying to juggle the groceries and the kids at the same time. Stop fumbling for your keys at the door and eliminate one more hassle by opting for a keyless lock solution. With the Schlage Sense™ Smart Ddeadbolt, you can easily use the Schlage Sense appc to lock and unlock your door when you are within Bluetooth® range (about 40 feet), or easily punch in a 4-8 digit code on any of our smart lock offerings.

    4. Peace of mind

    By choosing a Z-Wave, Zigbee or Bluetooth smart lock, you can add a compatible smart home hub – such as Samsung’s SmartThings for Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt – that allows you to check in on the status of your lock and control it no matter where you are. To access your Schlage Sense™ lock remotely, you’ll need an Apple TV® or iPad® for HomeKit or the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter. So enjoy that holiday dinner at your grandmother’s house in another state, confident that your doors are locked and your home is secure.

    5. Late night convenience

    A connected smart home hub will also allow you to take advantage of other whole home features from the minute you unlock your door. Don’t stumble around for a light switch or adjust the thermostat when you arrive home. Simply set your smart home hub to do those things for you as soon as your door is unlocked.

     

    Stop worrying about the little things that are easy to fix. This holiday season, you deserve more peace of mind so you can focus on the things that truly matter. To find the right smart lock for you, visit our Get Help Deciding tool to find your perfect match.

    Schlage now offers a smart lock for Zigbee users.

    October 26, 2018 7:00 AM by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Schlage Connect - Zigbee Launch

    Schlage has developed a range of smart locks that integrate seamlessly into today's leading home automation systems. Take a look at the exciting new features you can take advantage of.

     

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    Looking for the right smart home system? While the terminology and technology options can seem confusing, finding the best smart lock for your home is simple. Schlage has developed a range of smart locks that integrate seamlessly into today’s leading home automation systems.

     

    The Zigbee-certified version of the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt features one-button enrollment, a fingerprint-resistant touchscreen and stores up to 30 unique access codes.
     

    Smart lock - Zigbee - Schlage Connect

    What is Zigbee?

    Zigbee is a next-generation protocol that supports select home automation mesh networks. Most importantly, Zigbee is the core system upon which the Amazon Key app is run, an important thing to keep in mind if you’re looking to integrate it into your own home automation system.

     

    Don’t need a Zigbee-certified smart lock? Find the right smart lock for your home with Schlage’s Get Help Deciding Tool.

     

    According to Bruce Schaffer, Schlage Product Manager for Residential Electronics: “With so many competing technologies, we’re working to help our customers navigate what works with what. That is the number one question that people getting into home automation have. Our goal then is to provide a range of compatible products and the technical know-how and support people need to ensure that all of these products work together in their homes.”

    Amazon lock - Zigbee - Schlage Connect

    Amazon lock? Amazon Key!

    When paired with the Amazon Key app, you can unlock your door from anywhere, check in anytime via live view, watch clips of who entered and exited your home and opt-in to in-home deliveries. Give family and friends temporary, recurring, or permanent access. Or, provide one-time access for a service professional. You’re in control.

     

    Smart lock - Zigbee - Schlage Connect

    Optional in-home delivery is also available with Amazon Key for Prime members in select areas. Get Amazon packages securely delivered just inside your front door, watch deliveries live or view clips later. No codes shared with the delivery driver and you can choose to block access on delivery day remotely if desired.

    "Alexa, lock the front door."

    Looking for the convenience of voice control? Just say the word. The Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt is designed to connect easily to the Amazon Echo Plus. The Echo Plus combines the benefits of Alexa with a Zigbee smart home hub into a single device. From there, you can easily add additional Echos and compatible smart home devices to create an easy-to-use smart home ecosystem.

    Smart lock - Zigbee - Schlage Connect

    Compatible with SmartThings

    Integrate select Schlage smart locks into your home automation system with hundreds of Samsung SmartThings compatible devices. From lighting and climate control to your home's security system, SmartThings devices are the easy way to put Zigbee-certified technology to work, making your smart home even smarter.

    Smarter homes start with Schlage

    Still curious? View our video to learn more about the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt.

     

    Security continues to be a primary reason why homeowners invest in smart home technology. And that’s why Schlage provides a wide range of smart locks that open a world of possibilities for homeowners looking to make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. See for yourself. Join the millions of satisfied homeowners who trust the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage and find your Zigbee-certified Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt at Schlage.com today.
     

    Home automation 101 - 5 things you need to know

    September 29, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Saturday, September 29, 2018

    Home automation 101 - Schlage smart locks

    Schlage's smart home experts simplify smart home technology and outline 5 home automation tips that help make the process more convenient and easier to understand.

     

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    Home security is a key driver behind home automation and the adoption of smart home technology – says CEPro, based upon trends they identified going into the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. According to a Houzz expose on smart home security, safety and security rank ahead of home entertainment, climate control and automated lighting as the main reason people are looking into smart home upgrades in the first place.

     

    To help homeowners select the smart home systems and products that best meet their needs, Schlage Product Manager for Residential Electronics, Bruce Schaffer, and Devin Love, Director of Technology Alliances, weigh in with 5 home automation tips that help make the process simpler and more convenient as well as easier to understand. No surprise, their insights reflect Schlage’s own market research which shows that 43% of survey respondents ranked security as the most important factor among consumers thinking about smart home products.

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    Schlage has established itself as a leading brand in home automation with connected products such as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt. Schlage has joined other smart home technology leaders on the road with Amazon’s Smart Life Roadshow, bringing cutting-edge, smart home technology to you.

    Amazon Alexa - Smart Locks - Schlage

    1. Know what works with what

    “There are so many competing technologies, it can be confusing for consumers who are just beginning to explore home automation,” says Bruce Schaffer. “Our advice, before you look into any system, product, gadget or appliance: think about and define what specific tasks you’re looking for your system to accomplish.”

     

    “For example,” adds Devin Love, “so you want to centrally control or automate a thermostat? Your home’s lighting? Do you want a Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt that you can access from anywhere using your smartphone? Simply look at the protocols available and ask yourself the question: ‘what works with what?’ That’s really all you need to know when choosing your system for your home.”

     

    Compatibility information is readily available on product websites as well as on all product packaging. Zigbee or Z-Wave compatibility – and compatibility with hands-free speakers and home assistants like Amazon Alexa or Google Home –will be clearly indicated. As long as you choose products that work with each other, you should have very little difficulty building a system that works for you.

    Zigbee-certified systems:

    • Samsung SmartThings - integrate select Schlage smart locks with hundreds of SmartThings compatible devices.

    • Amazon Alexa - say the word and control select Schlage smart locks with the convenience of voice activation.

    • Amazon Echo Plus - the Zigbee hub is built in for easy set up and control of select Schlage smart locks and other devices.

    • Amazon Key – get remote access, smart lock control and web-cam monitoring with the Amazon key and an optional Cloud Cam.

    Z-wave compatible systems:

    • Amazon Alexa - say the word and control select Schlage smart locks with the convenience of voice activation.

    • Samsung SmartThings - integrate select Schlage smart locks with hundreds of SmartThings compatible devices.

    • Iris by Lowe's - select Schlage smart locks integrate with Lowe's proprietary smart hub and compatible devices.

    • Wink - one interface connects to and controls a world of smart-home devices, including Schlage smart locks.

    2. Some platform basics

    Both the Zigbee and Z-Wave protocols that power today’s smart homes are low-power, localized mesh networks. That means the devices running on these networks consume or output very little power. Instead, they rely on other network devices in turn to serve as “transmitters” to the next devices in the chain (thus the term “mesh.”). Says Love, “this allows us to have complete home coverage, even though individual smart devices may not be powerful enough to cover every nook and cranny by themselves.”

     

    Your home Wi-Fi completes the connection between your smart devices and the internet, your smartphone or a hands-free speaker/home assistant.

    3. Know what you already have

    You don’t have to be a systems engineer to familiarize yourself with your current Wi-Fi system, its reach within your home or connecting it to your smartphone or hands-free home assistant. It’s likely you already have everything you need to get started on a home automation system that’s easy to install, secure and affordable.

     

    According to Devin Love, “all manufacturers, including Schlage with our smart locks, provide customers with product choices that allow them to easily integrate with their existing home networks. Homeowners don’t have to build out multiple networks, simply familiarize themselves with the network they already have and choose compatible products accordingly.”

    4. Understand system security

    It’s clearly no coincidence that smart home security systems are among the first that homeowners consider. In fact, nearly a quarter of respondents to Schlage’s smart home research said they have one. Overall security is important to homeowners as well with one-third citing secure encryption as the most important aspect of their home system. To that point, Bruce Schaffer wants to help you better understand what system security really means.

     

    “A lot has been written and reported on with regard to system security, hacking and system vulnerabilities,” says Schaffer. “That you are on a secure, WPA2-protected Wi-Fi network is the first and most important step in locking down your entire system. Manage your network, manage your passwords, limit access and you’ll be well on your way to having a local home network that’s as secure as possible.”

     

    When building out your system, know that while some protocols are a little more secure than others, anyone even attempting to hack into your system still needs to be within 40 or 50 feet of your house. So automate your home with confidence and with whatever products are most compatible with your chosen system.

     

    Schaffer also points out that there is a lot of consolidation among tech companies. Even though Z-Wave, for instance, has been around longer and is the foundation of many home security systems, the company responsible for Zigbee and Bluetooth™ is not only catching up, but has acquired Z-Wave’s parent company for the purposes of melding all the top connected protocols into one effective and secure system.

     

    “In other words,” says Schaffer, “you can’t go wrong as long as you remember tip number one and know ‘what works with what.’ The rest will take care of itself if you trust quality products backed by established, experienced manufacturers.”

     

    That’s the reason Schlage is on the road with companies like Intel, Sonos and Amazon Wireless Services in the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow.

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    5. Futureproofing

    Planning for system growth from the beginning will pay dividends for years to come. Anticipating the continued growth of voice-activated technologies will be central to that planning. Says Devin Love, “All Schlage smart locks are designed to work now regardless of the system you have. Just as important, they’ll work later, no matter how your system grows. That’s also true of how you interact with it. Futureproofing is part of our responsibility as innovators.”

     

    It’s okay for consumers to say they don’t really have a preference in regards to certain technologies or system protocols as long as it works, but it falls on responsible brands like Schlage to make sure it does work so that homeowners can build out their smart homes with confidence.

     

    “A smarter way in,” says Bruce Schaffer. “That’s our contribution to the home automation space.”

     

    “Making the smart home smarter. That’s the key,” concludes Devin Love.

     

    Today’s smart home starts at the front door. That’s where Schlage comes in, providing a wide selection of smart locks that open a world of possibilities for homeowners looking to make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. A smarter way in. That’s what today’s smart home enjoys with the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

    Schlage Connect™ lock goes coast to coast with the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow.

    September 28, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 28, 2018

    Amazon Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt

    See for yourself just what’s possible with today’s top smart home technologies when the Smart Life Roadshow comes your way.

     

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    Smart life roadshow

    Schlage is partnering with Amazon and other innovative connected brands including Intel, Sonos, Ring, Logitech, ecobee and more in taking to the road for the Smart Life Roadshow. The resource partnership between Schlage and Amazon is a natural, with a host of Schlage smart-lock products integrating with technologies such as Alexa and Amazon Key. See for yourself just what’s possible with today’s top smart home technologies when the Smart Life Roadshow comes your way. It’s a lock. An Amazon lock. And Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt is the key.

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    A trailer full of technology

    The cool, specially outfitted Airstream trailer is packed full of connected innovation. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt. Amazon Alexa hands-free speakers. Ecobee climate control. Sonos wireless smart speakers. Logitech home remotes. That’s just the beginning. The goal: give everyone some hands-on and hands-free experience with the latest smart technologies and the chance to see all of them working seamlessly together.

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    Coast to coast

    The Smart Life Roadshow hit the road in September and will be visiting two dozen locations from Atlanta to San Jose before making its final stop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January of 2019. Along the way, the Roadshow will be making stops at Amazon Books locations and a number of colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, Texas, Cal Poly and a host of others.

     

    When it comes to choosing the right smart home technology for your home, the amount of information available can be overwhelming. Research is key, as is staying up to date on current – and future – tech trends. The Smart Life Roadshow, with the help of Amazon and its innovation partners, is a great resource for both.

    Home security drives most home automation decisions. - Schlage

    The road to success

    Integrating smart home technology into your home is easier and more affordable than you may think. You can do it yourself and you can get started for less than $500.

     

    Start with practical considerations. For instance, home security is the number one factor driving most home automation decisions, so connecting to your security system and adding a smart lock are a great place to start. How you wish to control your system (and the platform upon which to build it), is also important.

     

    Most systems are proprietary and require that you base your product choices on a particular system protocol (Z-Wave versus Zigbee, for instance). The products you add to your system, from remote lighting to something as innovative as Amazon Key, should be chosen with particular attention paid to compatibility and how they complement your other home automation technologies.

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    Smart home technology at your fingertips

    Schlage has partnered with Amazon and the Smart Life Roadshow because it’s the perfect expression of Schlage’s century-old commitment to innovation.

     

    Schlage’s first patent in 1909 was actually for a door lock that could turn a home’s lights on and off; a concept that led to the inspiration behind some of the most requested features of home automation technology today: security, home automation and the remote control of key home systems. So it makes sense that Schlage would bring security as well as convenience and access control to the partnership.

     

    Amazon’s vision is to be earth's most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Schlage’s own notion is to make technology accessible enough for everyone to benefit from it. To Schlage, the greatest benefit is when the idea becomes practical.

     

    Explore the possibilities that Schlage opens in home automation security; look for more updates from the road and follow the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow on Facebook and Instagram. The reach and vision of Amazon. The safety, simplicity and style of Schlage. Together, they’re bringing it home.
     

    A big idea? Ted talks tiny houses and how best to secure them.

    August 17, 2018 6:45 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 16, 2018

    Ted Talks - Tiny Homes - Schlage

    How can one downsize to what is essential and important, live happily and comfortably on a budget all while serving as a steward of the environment?

     

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    The Tiny House movement can be credibly traced back to Henry David Thoreau, his 1843 Walden Pond experiment (and the book that came of it) as well as the $28 dollars he spent to build what amounted to one of the first true “tiny houses.” It was 150 square feet and featured a fireplace, a table, a desk and three chairs. Its purpose? To see if a person can eschew the trappings of luxury and live happily and comfortably with less. For less.

     

    Today’s tiny house is a little bigger – around 400 square feet on average – and often includes a kitchen and bathroom. But the general concept, re-introduced in 1997 and exploding today, remains the same. How can one downsize to what is essential and important, live happily and comfortably on a budget all while serving as a steward of the environment?

     

    To get a unique perspective on the phenomenon, we asked Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief at Allegion, to share some thoughts on tiny living and how a tiny home and its owner can benefit from the Schlage door hardware products that Ted helps design.

    Q&A with Ted Roberts

    Q. Why invest in the latest Schlage door hardware when part of the motivation for building a tiny home is saving money?

    A. “Just because it’s tiny doesn’t make it any less of a house. In fact, these homeowners have downsized to the point that they’re only really keeping their most prized, most valuable possessions.”

     

    “It may be counter-intuitive, but they actually need the better locks. From a security standpoint, there’s less between themselves and the outside world than you’d find in your typical 2,600-square-foot home. In the final analysis, how can someone afford not to have the best locks possible for their tiny house? You’ve got maybe an entrance or two and maybe an interior door, so why not get the best lock you possibly can to secure what’s important to you?”

    Tiny Homes - Schlage

    Q. Would you say that cost, then, is the main driver behind the tiny living phenomenon?

    A.“It’s one of them, for certain. The average cost of a tiny home is only around $20,000. But when you look at the costs and then factor in everything else, it’s really more than just saving money. Tiny living helps to reduce one’s carbon footprint. What’s more, the lifestyle really requires you to take stock of what’s important and make some significant decisions about where and how you want to live. It’s a little house, but it involves some pretty big thinking.”

    Q. Who is buying and building these tiny homes?

    A. “Believe it or not, 2 out of 5 tiny homes is owned by someone over 50 years old. Owners of tiny homes are individualists looking for something different; some fun in their lives. They’re principled, emotionally engaged, they know what they want and they go and get it. There’s a measure of pride and ownership building a home and a lifestyle like this. It’s like joining a club, of sorts, where tiny homeowners find a measure of identity and self-actualization through the investments and the decisions they make to embrace tiny living.”

    “Identifying with folks like this is an important part of who we are and what we do. That hasn’t changed for us since Walter Schlage started the company in 1920. This allows us to design products for a typical home, door hardware specially made for really demanding commercial applications or, in this case, stylish and secure door hardware that fits perfectly with the style and performance needs of the tiny home.”

    Q. As a style influencer, what are some challenges you’d anticipate an owner of a tiny home might face selecting the right door hardware?

    A. “It’s not the hardware that’s the challenge. All of our products are refined for user experience, aesthetics, quality – all without sacrificing security. And that’s regardless of application. For the owner of a tiny home, it really is a matter of finding products that fit the style and character of their house. That’s as true of the appliances they choose as it is of their door locks. These aren’t just boxes. This isn’t camping. These aren’t trailers. I liken them to those quaint motor court cottages that were popular in the 20’s and 30’s and they range in style from rustic to Victorian to ultra-modern. So, it’s important that we provide flexible styles and finishes that complement these homes, just as we would any home. And we do, along with the security and convenience people expect from Schlage.”

    Tiny Home - Security - Schlage

    Q. Anything else a tiny living homeowner needs to prepare for, security-wise?

    A. “There are a lot of important possessions that you would normally keep in a garage or shed at home that you wouldn’t have room for in a typical tiny house. Bicycles. Motorcycles. Utility and recreational vehicles. Your lawnmower. Your grill. Our sister company, Kryptonite, is known for its specialty locks and offers a wide selection of smart, serious security solutions. We have your tiny home secured, inside and out.”

     

    “If you’re thinking about opening your home to guests, carefully weigh the pros and cons. Think it through from every angle. And prepare yourself and your home for the tremendous responsibility you’re taking on, as well as for the tremendous opportunity. Take advantage of the latest smart home technologies to ensure a great experience for you and your guests. And look to Schlage to provide the style, simplicity and security you’ll need, plus the peace of mind that can only come from a brand that’s this experienced and trusted.”

    Q. With tiny homes often available as vacation rentals on Airbnb and similar platforms, are there any special security considerations?

    A. “Home hosting is huge right now and it only makes sense that the tiny house and home hosting phenomenon would intersect at some point. Again, a tiny house is still a house, so security, convenience, affordability and style play just as important a role in determining one’s selection of door hardware. For instance, a Schlage programmable electronic lock or a smart lock would be ideal for the exterior doors. You get the convenience of an easily changeable and assignable code versus having to provide a key for your rental properties. And with smart locks, you’re providing the added benefits of managing home access using your smartphone. That goes for whatever size home you’re renting.”

    Tiny home - Smart lock - Schlage


    Image and quote from Matt and Melina of @ourtinybeachhouse, minimalist DIYers who use Schlage locks.

    Q. Do you see yourself living in a tiny house at some point?

    A. “The simplicity, the style, the reduction of complications in one’s life – these have a real appeal to me. It’s just that by the time I made room for my more than 1,000 books on architecture and architectural design and all my art supplies, it would no longer be a tiny house!”

    Whatever the motivation behind your interest in tiny living, you can look to Schlage to provide the safety, simplicity and style you’ll need plus the peace of mind that can only come from a brand backed by almost 100 years of experience and trust.

    A look at voice-enabled tech

    July 16, 2018 8:12 AM by Rob_Martens

    Monday, July 16, 2018

    Rob Martens - Voice-enabled Tech - Schlage

    From turning down the volume on your stereo to locking your front door, these technologies and their application in the smart home are fast becoming the rule rather than the exception.

     

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    Rob Martens - Voice-enabled tech - Schlage

    It was little more than two years ago that Amazon’s Echo took the holiday shopping season by storm and Google Home’s voice-activated speaker brought Google Assistant from the phone to the living room. They were taking the baton passed by assistants like Siri and Cortana who, as far back as 2011, began replacing phone apps in the search for everything from good pizza to directions to Mozart’s birthday.

     

    Google Assistant is now available on more than 400 million devices, close to 95% of all Android devices, worldwide. Looking ahead, comScore predicts that half of all searches will be done via voice by 2020 with a sizeable percentage of those on a device like a voice-activated speaker – in other words, on devices without screens. From turning down the volume on your stereo to dimming your lights to locking your front door, these technologies and their application in the smart home are fast becoming the rule rather than the exception.

     

    Rob Martens, President of Allegion Ventures and futurist for Allegion and their lock-manufacturing division, Schlage, looks ahead to where it’s all going. No stranger to innovation and the implementation of emerging tech, Martens has both insight and strong opinions on the rapidly evolving industry. He is responsible for identifying those mega-trends in technology that will best serve Schlage’s customers and then bringing them to life with products such as the Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt.

    Smart lock - Schlage

    Q&A with Rob Martens

    Q. What was your first indication that home integration was somewhere that Schlage had to be?

    A. “My focus, my responsibility, is on anything that could have a meaningful impact on our customers and our business. Anything that can significantly improve our customers’ experience with our products is something we’re going to be interested in. We first started exploring connected door hardware in 2008 and we’ve escalated our own efforts as the technologies have improved and been increasingly accepted. Schlage’s first patent was for a door lock that also turned on your lights. That was in 1909. So, I guess you could say it’s in our DNA.”

    Rob Martens - Smart home - Schlage

    Q. So, the smart home is here to stay?

    A. “I think that the adoption of the technology, and the technology itself, is so significant, I foresee a time in the very near future we’re not even calling it a “smart home” any more – just a “home.” It’s going to go from something new to something we all accept as the way things are. Our job is to make these new technologies accessible and relevant so that we remove any intimidation factor that may exist. Once we do that, you’re looking at an idea whose time has come and, indeed, is here to stay.”

    Q. How has Schlage’s technology addressed this “intimidation factor” and what have you done to make your connected technologies more user friendly, particularly for voice?”

    A. “Believe it or not, the way you make the technology better is by not worrying about the technology but rather what the user wants to accomplish with it. We know things are constantly changing and technology should continue to evolve with the ever-changing needs of our customers. Our focus is on applying these technologies in such a way that our customers, regardless of what system they choose for their home automation, only need one lock that works, is easy to use, is secure, and can evolve with their needs. Ideally, we’d provide one lock you didn’t need to change because of obsolescence. It’s all about our ability to continue to meet their needs whether they’re locking their door with a keypad, their smartphone or with a voice prompt. It shouldn’t matter. We need to give them a good experience, whatever their preferences. It’s not technology for technology’s sake, it has to meet a defined need.”

    Q. You’re in the security business. How do you provide connectivity and convenience as well as security?

    A. “That is the single most important factor we look at – for today and tomorrow – when it comes to all Schlage products. Privacy. Security. Peace of mind. That’s our job. That’s what a lock does. We start with the fact that we are in the life safety business, and we ask ourselves – especially with the integration of new technologies like voice activation – if what’s happening when you ask Alexa to lock your door is exactly what you want to happen. That’s why, for instance, you can’t ask Alexa to unlock your door without providing a security code. So, again, you take the actual technology out of it, you look at who you’re serving and what they need, and you work from there to build the technologies and products that meet those needs. Not the other way around.”

    Q. That’s an interesting point of view, coming from a futurist at a company that prides itself on technological innovation.

    A. “When you get right down to it, our customers don’t really care about the details – about the features and functions and bells and whistles. Does it work? Is it secure? Is it easy to use? Does it add value? We have to start there. If not, then we’re not doing our jobs. We solve for that, and then we can focus on convenience features and – also extremely important to our customers – style. So much of what happens with your home starts at the front door. It’s the ultimate first impression. We work really hard to make it a good one, and to bring our customers the security they demand, the style that reflects who they are and a great user experience.”

    Rob Martens - Voice-enabled tech - Schlage

    Q. What’s next?

    A. “My job is to look at products, services and technologies that are proving disruptive in other industries – the Internet of Things and voice-activated home automation technologies are a good example of that – and then see how we can apply those disruptive elements and what they represent to our products. For us, it’s going to be the evolution of home automation tech, biometrics, face recognition and machine learning that continue to make our products relevant and current without losing sight of what our core mission is. We need to continue to listen to our customers and then safely apply appropriate technologies to our products based on what they’re asking for. We don’t try to do everything on our own. We are working with Apple, Amazon, Google and other emerging tech companies to help identify what’s next and then bring value to their technologies, all in service to our shared customers.”

    According to Martens, that combination of thinking ahead and applying technology responsibly leads to important insights. For example, connecting a garage door opener to a fire alarm in a home automation system.

     

    “The last thing you’d want to happen in a home fire,” says Martens, “ is for your alarm system to automatically open your garage door. While, at first blush, it would seem logical to provide such an escape route, this actually creates a rush of oxygen that can fuel the fire and make it worse. These are the kinds of problems, these unintended consequences, to which Schlage’s expertise in fire and life safety can offer solutions. We need to have the capacity to think through such issues in developing connected technologies.”

     

    Connected technologies provide an opportunity for companies like Schlage to create tailored experiences for their customers. Two-thirds of smart home speaker users conduct local searches for products, services or local business at least once a week. More than half search daily and nearly one-third of them will visit the website of a local business after conducting their search. What’s more, 60 percent of them just started doing so in the last year!

     

    When you factor in the rapid adoption of home automation, it’s clear that these technologies are going to continue to play an increasing role in our daily lives. Companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Schlage – and influencers like Allegion’s Rob Martens – are going to continue to define what’s next and develop technologies, products and services that definitively answer that question.

     

    Look for more from Schlage, Rob Martens and other key influencers at Schlage.com.

    Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt now works with Yonomi

    July 12, 2018 12:46 PM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt works with Yonomi Smart Home Routines

    The Schlage Sense lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Homekit, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi.

     

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    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is now part of the Plays with Yonomi device family. The Schlage Sense lock joins over 130 connected products, including the Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt, Philips Hue, Honeywell, LIFX, Nest, ecobee, and more. Schlage Sense smart locks are compatible with new or existing Routines on your Yonomi account and add new levels of automation to your devices. Bring your home to life with these beautifully crafted designer locks from Schlage.
    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt - Yonomi - Smart home routines

    Convenience, security, and a design that makes sense

    The Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt is among the strongest, most intelligent Bluetooth® enabled locks, with the highest industry rating for security and durability. The Schlage Sense lock is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, Homekit, and now, plays seamlessly with Yonomi. The new integration allows users to control their locks as part of Routines with other smart home products within their connected homes.

     

    With the Schlage Sense deadbolt, you can:
     

    • Create up to 30 unique access codes so trusted friends and family can enter using their code at the lock’s touchscreen
    • Schedule access codes so guests can only enter when you want them to
    • Use the Wi-Fi Adapter to check on the lock’s status from anywhere, so you never have to wonder if the front door was left unlocked
    • View past activity to see which codes have been used and when

    Adding your Schlage Sense smart lock to Yonomi Routines

    Adding your Schlage Sense locks is easy and works by either adding your locks to existing routines or creating brand new ones. Here’s how to connect your lock to a new routine:

     

    1. Launch Yonomi, tap on the Routines tab and select +

    2. Tap Add Event + and select Location, swipe right to select I leave home

    3. Tap Add Action + and select the action you'd like executed first

    4. Customize your action by swiping it to predefined options or tapping the text to edit notifications

    5. Continue to add actions in the sequence you'd like them executed

    6. You can also add conditions if you'd like your Routine to run only under certain circumstances (e.g., time of day)

    7. Once you're complete, tap Save in the upper right-hand corner

     

    Ready to get started? Have Alexa lend you a hand by setting up a Dinner Party Routine.

    Dinner party routines with Yonomi

    Take advantage of Yonomi’s new “Routines within Routines” feature to create the perfect setting for your next dinner party.

     

    1. Create a  “Dinner Party Lights” Routine:

          a. LIFX lights turn warm for all living room lights

          b. Philips Hue outdoor lights turn on patio lighting to bright

          c. Philips Hue turn on garden spotlights

    2. Create a “Dinner Party” Routine:

          a. Lights are adjusted for Dinner Party Lights routine

          b. Nest adjusts the temperature to 72 degrees

          c. Sonos turns on your favorite party playlist

          d. Front door Schlage Sense deadbolt is unlocked

     

    Still chopping vegetables in the kitchen when the first guests arrive? Just tell Alexa or Google Assistant to “turn on Dinner Party” and Yonomi will take care of the rest!

    This post first appeared on yonomi.co on July 12, 2018.
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